Pretty Penny Art Sale

Storefront installation by Chelsea Bayouth at Oakland's own Pretty Penny.

Since the Alphonse Berber Gallery closed its Berkeley location in July, there has been a famine of art-related events around campus. As we were beginning to lose hope, one of our favorite vintage stores,
Pretty Penny, decided to host a casual night of shopping and art. This past Friday, an event titled "Chapter and Verse" hosted local (well, sort of) artists Andrew Smith, Chelsea Bayouth, and Brian James.

On Pretty Penny's window display was a surreal, Tim Burton-esque installation. Artist Chelsea Bayouth, a recent graduate of the prestigious CalArts, describes it as two mischievous characters falling in love. A little gloomy, but oh-so-romantic. Accurately titled "Besotted Daemons," the piece is based on her own relationship with her boyfriend. They are a striking and mesmerizing couple, and I definitely saw tiny little horns as I was interviewing her.

Other works of art for sale featured intricate sketches and "mini ecosystems" encompassed within compact frames (I honestly don't know what else to call them). They are beautiful compliments to Pretty Penny's already creative decor, and can be part of your apartment too. Pieces range from $16-$50 and would make great additions to any new apartment.

Chelsea Bayouth, the artist, herself!

Amazing nails inspired by Lady Gaga/Jeremy Scott on Pretty Penny staffer Julie Figueras.

Some of the art for sale.

My favorite 3-D cat collections! Really affordable at $17!

Visit Pretty Penny (5488 College Ave) to snatch these pieces for yourself!

John Kim

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